All of their hard work has paid off, and now it’s time to celebrate. (Phhew. It's over!) We know that you want to get the graduate a gift, but we also know it can be difficult to find just the right thing. Here are a few of our suggestions (based on our experience and input from our own graduates!)
Of course, we're going to start with some books! From Oh the Places You’ll Go to What Color is Your Parachute to Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. We’ve got a wide selection that will inspire, help and maybe teach them something they didn’t learn in school.
Another great book to consider, is a cookbook. If they’re living on their own, they may need a few tips on what (and how) to cook. Give them your favorite or a great all-purpose classic like The Joy of Cooking or How to Cook Everything. Add a few thoughtful accoutrements to help in the kitchen like a cutting board, an apron, cooking utensils, serving platters or glassware.
If they are leaving the state for the first time, why not send them off with some things that will remind them of home? A mug with “Rhode Island”, “Barrington” or even “Barrington Books” on it. We have the softest tees around with a picture of the state on it, even Block Island. How about a bottle opener in the shape of RI? They can take a little piece of Little Rhody with them where ever they go.
Living on your own for the first time means learning how to fix things. We have books on how to do just that but we also have some great tool sets - Wrench Multi tool with torch, the Barbecue Multi tool, with spatula, serving fork and basting brush and the Rhode Island Bar Tool Opener (which is also a reminder of home!)
We also have something that they’re going to need immediately - a beautiful frame to show off their diploma or degree, or just a picture of them in their cap and gown (or a picture of mom and dad, without which none of this would have happened!) They have just completed an important milestone in their life, they deserve to show it off - and so do you!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Still unsure how to thank Mom for being the glue that holds the family together? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
If your mom is anything like ours, she taught you that it’s the thought that counts. And all she wants is more quality time with her kids. So, yes, a beautiful gift is in order, and we have plenty of great suggestions. But why not make this Mother’s Day one she won’t forget by sharing an experience with Mom? Here are a few suggestions from our gift gurus. (As seen on WPRI 12 The Rhode Show on Friday, May 4th).
A day at the spa is always a good idea. A sweet escape from the day-to-day demands of busy family life. However, finding the time to actually get to the spa is another story. So, bring the Spa to Ma! Bath bombs, essential oils, cozy PJ bottoms, and a new page-turner, of course, is all you need to encourage Mom to take a break from it all.
A Bouquet as Beautiful as Mom
The Gift of Music
What would Mom do if you showed up on Mother’s Day with a new turntable and some new LP's for her to enjoy? She’d probably shriek with excitement and say put the needle on the record! Exclusively at our Garden City store, an extensive assortment of high-quality used and new music on vinyl is sure to have some of mom’s all time favorites. Take a spin down memory lane together.
Oh, and don’t forget: we offer complimentary gift wrapping all year round.
Barrington Books & Barrington Books Retold are your local independent bookstores AND toy store! All of our staff will contribute to our blog to share our thoughts on books and more. We look forward to hearing from you!